Once after a while, Pakistanis share links via WhatsApp messages that are harmful for the mobile devices. These links are shared along with a message that promises to provide rewards like phones, cash, free meals at KFC, tickets to Thailand and so on.
These links must not be clicked as these are created by hackers who steal user data and sell it to data companies. This data in turn is not only used for advertisement but also for other dangerous purposes.
Any message promising rewards must not be shared and the link inside it must also not be clicked.
Sometimes users who click the link are also asked to install an app to secure their device. However, in actual the device is compromised as soon as the user installs the app.
These links are not based on dot com domain rather have unsecure addresses. This information should be used as the most important point to identify the fictitious links. These web addresses end with .xyz rather than.pk or.com.
In March 8, a message promising to provide KFC family feast went viral on WhatsApp. However, the KFC disowned the offer and said it was a scam designed to steal user’s personal information.
This is called phishing. Phishing is a cybercrime in which a target or targets are contacted by email, telephone or text message by someone posing as a legitimate institution to lure individuals into providing sensitive data such as personally identifiable information and banking details.
At one time, Pakistan Telecom Authority (PTA) have warned users to be aware of such messages or calls demanding personal data. Users should complaint the telecom operator or PTA if they receive any such message or call.
Consumers may also register their complaints by dialling 0800-550555 or by visiting: